Convert Your Home to Solar Energy

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Taunton Press, 2010 - House & Home - 234 pages
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his definitive homeowner's guide to solar energy has arrived at just the right time. With the cost of heating oil and electricity fluctuating wildly, consumers are clamoring for information on alternative energy. This source book covers all the relevant technologies, including solar space and water heating, as well as photovoltaic electricity.

It's practical (with cost calculators, tips on taking advantage of rebates and tax incentives, and advice on finding specialized contractors). And it's authoritative, written by a recognized expert in the field, Everett Barber, Jr., who has 30 years' experience installing all kinds of solar energy systems. Co-author Joseph Provey has been writing about the topic for almost as long. Together, they cover every facet of planning, installing, operating, and maintaining a residential solar energy system.

 

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In my opinion, the book, Convert your Home to Solar Energy is absolutely a home run in these terms:  The text is exceptionally well illustrated, the presentation of scientific principles governing the success of solar, insulation and other means of  capturing and using both photovoltaic and heat energy are clearly presented.  Further, making comparative judgments about which strategy to use for optimal cost/benefit is offered to the reader in terms that can be understood without difficulty so the most appropriate strategies can be adopted.
If science textbooks for high school science pupils were as well designed when I used them earlier in my career, the students and their teacher would have been much better off.  I recommend this book  to all who seek to implement green energy solutions.  - Dr. David C. Newton
 

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A must read for anyone planning a solar project
Everett Barber is a consummate technician and engineer with the ability to make everything understandable. He is able to put together his extensive
expertise and long years of experience in the field and cover the waterfront for solar applications. This book has content for the lay person as well as the practitioner; the homebuilder or the backyard inventor or just someone getting into the field. Clear illustrations provide practical applications, useful diagrams and the how and why behind the technology. This book is a must have before starting a solar project, building a new home or learning applications of solar energy. As director of the Talcott Mountain Science Center, an owner of a passive solar home and a member of the local energy commission I highly recommend this book. 

Contents

01 PROVEY
6
02 PROVEY
16
03 PROVEY
48
04 PROVEY
78
05 PROVEY
99
06 PROVEY
127
07 PROVEY
154
08 PROVEY
183
09 PROVEY
198
BOB PROVEY
222
Back Cover
235
spine
236
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About the author (2010)

Everett M. Barber, Jr. is the founder of Sunsearch, Inc., a business he ran for over 30 years until he recently retired to speak and write about energy matters. During that time, he and his company designed and installed thousands of solar systems in the southern New England area. In addition, Everett was an adjunct professor of Environmental Technologies at Yale University, where he taught courses in thermal analysis of buildings; system design for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning; plumbing systems; electrical systems; and fire-safe building design. Everett is a member of the American Solar Energy Society, International Solar Energy Society, and ASHRAE. At the latter, he served on the committee that developed the internationally accepted standard for testing of solar thermal collectors.Joseph R. Provey wrote his first articles about solar energy, wind power, wood heat, and saving energy during the last energy crisis, in the late 1970s--and he's still on the beat. More recently, he has written on energy-related topics for "Popular Mechanics," " Fine Homebuilding," " Handy" magazine, and in his latest book, "The Little Green Book: 365 Ways to Love the Planet" (Creative Homeowner). Joe has also served as chief editor to several national home improvement magazines, including "The Family Handyman," " Home Mechanix," and "Practical Homeowner."

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